Matt Franklin


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Matt Franklin is the anchor of ABC12 News at 5, 6 and 11

Matt joined the ABC12 news team in June of 2004 as a general assignment reporter for the Tri-Cities newsroom in Saginaw before moving to Flint, where he anchored the weekend morning news and First at Four.

Originally from Detroit, Matt graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in broadcast and cinematic arts. He began his career as a reporter/fill-in anchor at WLNS in Lansing and held positions as a freelance reporter for various news outlets throughout Michigan.

While at ABC12 , Matt has reported on the changing times in Mid-Michigan. With an emphasis on the auto industry and fair labor practices, he has covered in-depth the bankruptcies and turnarounds of Delphi Automotive and General Motors, and their impact on union workers and families in Mid-Michigan. Matt has had many special moments in his career but one of the highlights was a one-on-one with Vice President Joe Biden in 2011.

For over seven years, Matt has covered the newest vehicle reveals and latest auto trends during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In addition to his anchoring duties, you’ll find Matt hosting a variety of events on ABC12, such as Back to the Bricks, the Bay City Fireworks Festival and Flint’s very own Holiday Pops.

Matt’s work at ABC12 has earned him numerous awards and nominations from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Associated Press. In 2015, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Business/Consumer Reporting.

In 2014, he was inducted into the inaugural “10 Under 10 Class” at CMU, where he was recognized for his career and dedication to the community. He feels that much of his success is attributed to the CMU community.

As an avid supporter of the arts, he is a member of the Flint Institute of Arts and has an active role in the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network.

Matt is proud to call Genesee County home.

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